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04 July 2005 @ 05:09 pm
In the Grand American Tradition....  
Warning: This entry is bitchy and may not exactly be in the holiday spirit. If you have an actually nice and enjoyable family, feel free to skip this and savor your good fortune. For those of you in my position, feel free to commiserate. Or just ignore me all together.

Mom leaves for the Dominican Republic tomorrow, so it was decided that Sam would host a 4th of July Bash for the whole family, far and wide.

Someone shoot me now.

Top Ten Reasons Why Family Gatherings Suck Rocks:
1. Being lumped in with 'the womenfolk', doing menial tasks while the guys sit on their asses.
2. Not having anyone to talk to, or listening to someone talk about family problems you really, really didn't want to know about.
3. Being pretty much ignored when not asked to 'Be a dear and get...'
4. Listening to the men talk about Ford.
5. Listening to certain relatives talk about anything, really.
6. Being asked to get out of the way when trying to stand around (in the corner!) and at least give the impression of trying to be social.
7. Being accused of being antisocial if you DO get out of the way.
8. That awful, sinking feeling in the bit of your stomach.
9. How cold the food is when certain family members finally get around to arriving.
10. Getting looks that clearly say 'Keep your mouth shut' when other people start in on their (clearly bigoted) opinions.

And damn, my Mom made me promise to keep the body count down. ^_~
who should probably be grateful she wasn't asked to host.
Emotional Temperature: uncomfortableuncomfortable
The Band Plays:: the buzz of conversation
Megsdqbunny on July 4th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
And, you know, I would give anything to be with my family today. Because I can't. They're 1,500 miles away. So be grateful for what you have, because when they're gone, then you realize how much you miss them.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love2garnettrees on July 4th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you can't be with your family today, DQ. *hugs* However, you can trust me when I say that 1,500 miles away from mine ain't far enough.
Lazuli: hugslazzchan on July 4th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
My family is far away as well--but I'm sorry that you have one that is like that and treats you in such a way. When I deal with my extended relatives, it's like that.

Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayufuturegarnettrees on July 4th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you can't be with your family, Laz! *hugs, hands over chocolate*

My mom, my brother and I get along great-- it's more a big, extended family get togethers that I hate. ^^;

*huggles back*
ashleytehfudgie on July 5th, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
I hate family gatherings. >_> I try my best to stay in the basement, but eventually my mom looks around and wonders why I'm not upstairs talking to people (mabe because I have a thing about talking to people? I'm antisocial >_>), so she comes and tells me to come upstairs. Annoying. And then all the relatives say I look so skinny, even though I've gained weight since I last saw them. o_o bleh.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lily2garnettrees on July 5th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
You have my sympathies, tehfudgie, both as someone who dislikes large family get-togethers, and as someone who gets bugged about their weight. ("Oi, Meredith, do you never eat?"-- I naturally look skinny as a rail. ^_~) Ah, the extended family-- can't live with them, can't imagine how you could possibly be related to them. ^_~
Amberminttown1 on July 5th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry your family ruined your day. And I'm sorry your fic isn't done yet, though with any luck, it will be a late holiday celebration.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: togethergarnettrees on July 5th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
*hugs back* You're a sweetie-pie, you know that? I'm sorry if I sounded bitchy. ^_^

Fic? Darling, whenever you have the time, I'll be thrilled! *glompage*
Amberminttown1 on July 5th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
*hugs* You didn't sound bitchy, and even if you had, you would have no reason to apologize for it.